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 Superstitions SW
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Difficulty 1.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 6.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,080 feet
Elevation Gain 368 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,063 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 Hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.59
Fritzski
Descriptions 43
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Photos 593
Trips 58 map ( 128 miles )
Age 61
Location Gilbert, AZ
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1  2014-04-05 hdromo
2  2014-02-03
 Wave Cave
 Mike Fels
52  2013-11-16
 Superstition Ridgeline
 The Dude
49  2013-11-16 tibber
18  2013-11-16 desertgirl
4  2012-01-12 pcoskun
15  2011-12-20
 Turks Head
 mnlumberjack
30  2011-12-17 mnlumberjack
43  2011-12-17 desertgirl
58  2011-12-17 tibber
26  2011-12-15 mnlumberjack
16  2011-12-08 mnlumberjack
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0.0  Hieroglyphics Trail #101
0.0  Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via Hiero
0.1  Superstition Mnts - SW / Hierogylphic Canyon
0.1  Ermahgerd Canyon
0.1  Superstition Peak 5057 via Hiero
1.0  Old Horse Trail
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Should be a wildflower bonanza!
by Fritzski

Mobile Version
This trail connects the Hieroglyph and Peralta trailheads. Christened the "Lost Goldmine Trail" (see notes #1) in the spring of 2001, it was the result of the hard work of volunteers under the direction of the Superstition Land Trust organization. There is now a seamless connection between the Peralta and Dutchman State Park trailheads with the new Lost Goldmine trail eventually extending westward to meet Jacob's Crosscut trail in the vicinity of the Broadway trailhead.

Click to enlarge MAPDespite its young age, this pleasant, gentle trail through the Superstition foothills is already quite popular as we saw many other hikers on a weekday afternoon. It is relatively flat and generally follows the contours of the terrain, remaining just outside of the Wilderness Area boundary, which is easily seen by the barbed wire fence. Because of this, the trail is also open to mountain bikes, although I saw none or any tracks on the day I went.

There are brand new trail signs posted at either end of the trail and for my description we will begin from the Hieroglyph end. From the parking lot at the east end of Cloudview Rd. you head out east on the Hieroglyphic Trail for no more than a quarter mile till you come to the Lost Goldmine Trail intersection on top of a low ridge. From there you drop off the east side of the ridge and head north until you come to the W.A. boundary where you then start heading east along the south side of the fence.

There are two prominent hills ahead of you that will require skirting around the bases to the south. Between the two you will cross a large bare rock drainage that still had spots of water despite the very dry conditions. Shortly thereafter you will come to a surprising jeep trail that appears well used and crosses the trail coming from the south and heads straight into the valley between the hills extending all the way back to the boundary. In this large canyon is a very large and prominent cave/alcove high upon the south face, which can be easily seen from the trail.

Continuing on, you finish rounding hill "2822" and once again continue to follow the boundary. Along the way you will encounter the remains of an old water retention dam. I am continually amazed by the number of such structures one encounters in the Superstitions that now appear permanently dry. Could this be due to a recent geological change in the area or possibly a change in weather patterns? I don't know the answer, but have been informed that the underground water table in the valley is not a factor.

A little further on at about the 4.75mi point you'll cross the Carney Spring trailhead. The views of the ridgeline are quite spectacular here. Finally you will make a quick dip to the south to cross a gully where you may notice one of the tallest saguaros I have ever seen. Coming right out of the bottom of the gully, it is a single stalk with one low arm and I swear it must be about twice as tall as any saguaro I've ever seen! Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph it, but here's one that's quite expressive!

From here you make a quick climb up the other side and to the end of the trail, which is actually in the Don's camp parking lot. While just a quick walk from the Peralta trailhead, it is outside the W.A. boundary and thus no parking charges.

Although it is my understanding that the Forest Service has some kind of map of this new trail, I'm not aware that it is yet available for human consumption. Therefore I have included a GPS generated topo map of the trail for those who are interested.

Notes:

  1. Although the dictionary correctly spells "goldmine" as two separate words, I will refer to it in this description as it is actually shown on the trail signs.


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    Directions Preferred Months Dec Jan Feb Mar
    Water / Source:none
    Preferred Start9 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:42am Sunset5:36pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit
    None

    Forest
    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    Directions
    Print Version
    To Hieroglyphics Trailhead
    From the East Valley follow US 60 East to South Kings Ranch Road. Kings Ranch Road is 14.1 miles east of Power Road for reference. Turn North on Kings Ranch Rd and follow to 2.8 miles to Baseline. Turn East on Baseline and follow 0.2 miles to Mohican. Turn North onto Mohican and follow 0.4 miles to Valleyview Road. Turn West onto Valleyview and follow (naturally turns North, and turns into Whitetail Road) for 1.4 miles. At the intersection of Whitetail Rd. and Cloudview Road turn East and follow 0.4 miles to the end. The trailhead parking is here and the trail is easy to spot to the East.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 42.9 mi - about 54 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 95.3 mi - about 2 hours 3 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187 mi - about 2 hours 58 mins
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